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Oct 6, 2012 6:00am EDT
obama four years ago? no. but is it better than where we've been for the last 40 months? yes. i also think that we're going to see how this momentum thing plays out because we have so very many events coming one right after the other. we have a vice presidential debate in a few days followed by another presidential debate. we have a lot to see yet. >> it is widely agreed, speaking of debates, that mitt romney won the first debate, but did americans, particularly undecided voters get the whole story. cnn did some fact checking on comments made at the debate this week. i want you to listen to this on the topic of the deficit, first. >> mitt romney claims that even with his tax cuts, he will not add to the deficit. >> my number one principle there is no tax that that will add to the deficit. i will not put in place a deficit thdea tax that adds to the deficit. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> we want to look at the facts here, again. mitt romney has not laid out specifics for how he would pay for his tax cut. he says it's by reducing deductions
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Oct 3, 2012 2:00pm EDT
want to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. >> obama care is point number one. it is the example number one where he wants to put bureaucrats between you and your doctor, he believes that the government should tell you what kind of insurance you have to have. he believes that government should have a board of people that tell you what kind of care you can receive. my view is we fight for freedom in this country, i do not want an intrusive massive larger debt spending government that crushes the american dream. >> they like to call it obama care, well, let me tell you, i do care. i care about all the young people who are able to stay on their parents' plans now. i care about the seniors who are seeing lower prescription drug costs. i care about folks with pre-existing conditions who can't be denied care now. governor romney has promised that he would overturn obama care on its first day in office. which means -- which means he would kick nearly 7 million young people off their parents' plans. he would make seniors prescription drugs more expensive, you know,
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Oct 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
what president obama would give them if they give him another four years. >> romney, they say, will ultimately rise in the polls because of his debate perfo performance. for that small number of voters that haven't made up their minds, has this helped romney? >> very difficult past few weeks, if last night went well for the president you kind of have a hardening of the belief that the race is virtually sealed, out of reach. the debate has ended that discussion and it's going to remind us, move into the conversation, a reminder that the president faces in this debate. mitt romney did had himself some good with those undecided voters and just as importantly energized the he republican base. there's a sense of retooling in the obama campaign, look, incoming presidents often have problems in their first debate. people don't talk to you like that in the oval office. no question the president needs a reset. >> ron brownstein, thank you very much for your wise words of analysis. cnn will reair the presidential debate in case you didn't see it. it will reair the debate at 1:00 pm eastern. >
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
about as much. >> president obama, that was five years ago. you decide whether this shows a side of barack obama never been seen before as the daily collar suggests or if it's nothing new. some say the president is speaking in a different kind of voice than he does in other speeches. you can also decide the same thing about this, about the coop tent of the next video, "the huffington post" first linked this video to it earlier. paul ryan speaking at a 2011 dinner hosted by "the american spectator." some of the left members say this is like mitt romney's video on the 47%. >> the good news is survey after survey, poll after poll, still shows that we are a center-right 70-30 country. 70% of americans want the american dream. they believe the american idea. only 30% want the welfare state. what that tells us is that at least half those people currently in that category are there not of their wish or their will. >> now liberal websites are focusing on the ryan speech. conservatives are focusing on the obama speech. the "huffington post" ryan reaction was, only 30% want the well stare sta
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
moments. one of the strengths for president obama this past year when we're looking at polling is that the american public generally likes president obama even as they have said that his job approval has been below 50%. so we're looking for moments, we're looking to see who goes on the defense, who's on offense tomorrow night, and who might slip up. but it's all about expectations, and in fact, 12 hours ago, mitt romney here in denver addressed that. let's take a listen. >> people want to know who's going to win, who's going to score the punches and who's going to make the biggest difference and the arguments they make and there's going to be all this scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that. >> and you have mitt romney trying to down play expectations of tomorrow night's debate. in fact, his advisers are telling us that, in fact, this is one of several debates he'll have a chance to address the american people and explain to them why he would b
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 5:00am EDT
obama of. you cannot take this seriously. this is a political year, there's a campaign going on. they will try to do anything they can and especially the other groups out there who paint each other in the most horrible way, that's the way politics is. and for some reason or the other, negative ads play better than positive ads. therefore, you will always play the negative ads. >> i know you haven't decided who you're going to vote for in four weeks' time, but right now, if you had to vote tomorrow, who would you vote for? >> i have to first listen to the debates and then -- >> so they're that important to you. >> it's very important. to me, the debates were absolutely important. there were times when i made a decision way before, like president bush, because of the relationship of the kind of things that he has done for california, for instance, the kind of working relationship that we had and the history and also with senator mccain, i jumped in as soon as he declared because he has been a friend. and he has always been a senator who has tried to work on immigration reform, wor
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Oct 2, 2012 3:00am EDT
. barack obama hasn't done this for four years. so i would think the advantage would definitely be with the apparent underdog, a, because people don't think he's going to win and i think he may well win that first debate and secondly, because he's the more experienced debater. >> well, i think i would caution you a little bit. i think the president, when he has given kind of press interviews, that is a form of being pressed on things so maybe you're not debating another opponent one-on-one, but you are going through the process of answering questions and tough questions and people are not letting you squirm out of things. i think you do have to pull that down a little bit. i do believe that mitt romney has not demonstrated that he's agile. he's not kind of light on his feet. so the idea that if you had a tough spot in a debate, whether the moderator pushed or obama pushed and could romney not talking from zingers that he's rehearsed, not talking from talking points, be agile enough to say i can answer these questions because these are my convictions. i think you do have to pull that dow
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
obama or anybody else, has been sitting in office for nearly four years, the most differential character ever. he's called mr. president by his friends. and then all of a sudden for 90 minutes in front of 50 to 60 million people he can be torn apart. do you have to prepare for all of a sudden that change of existence, that change of environment? >> you're exactly right, ashleigh. there are real challenges for any incumbent president. they have people play music when they walk into a room, it is not a normal existence and very rarely will people ever tell a president to his face that he's dead wrong. so, yes, the debate prep process for an incumbent president very often involves taking someone who is clearly usually a very good political performer, making sure they're not rusty and hearing the arguments of the other side. you know, we're all watching both sides and hearing the debates, but the candidates, whether incumbent or not, they're sometimes in their own bubble and during these rehearsals, these debate prep sessions, you often hear the candidates say, wait a minute, what?
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 12:00pm EDT
looking at an unemployment rate after a really horrible year which you can't blame president obama for in totality his first year that he inherited this big mess. now it's down to 7.8%. doesn't that show that he is on the right trajectory and kind of undermining the central argument for you? >> oh, i don't think so. you know, it's like this, candy. if you are getting blown out in a football game but you are scoring field goals once a quarter, you can't point to the three points every quarter and say at least we're scoring some points. we're still getting clobbered. the fact of the matter is the president and joe biden are getting clobbered on policies they put in place. promised we'd be a heck of a lot better off than today, we're nowhere close. i was in wisconsin yesterday. been in ohio practically every other day. i'll tell you what, people in kenosha, wisconsin, and ohio don't feel better off today than they were four years ago, and they don't think this president has been very good at following through on his promises. that's what this is going to come down to, and i'll tell yo
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
years old. this is the land of opportunity. this is what's next. that's why reagan was successful, fdr was successful. we don't want a leader who doesn't know where we are all going. >> absolutely. >> obamas went 2 1/2 hours, and it was a senate race. >> or more. >> no commercial breaks. debate is an hour and a half. our coverage continues afterward. let's go to candy in the debate hall. wolf, to you. >> anderson, thanks very much. i want to remind our viewers, at the bottom of the screen, squiggly lines, we have a focus group of undecided colorado voters, they are watching, what they like in the debate, don't like in the debate. a lot of squiggly lines, you will see how they are reacting. the only place you will see that kind of undecided voter react. we're standing by, jim lehrer is the moderator, getting ready to ask the first question as a result of a flip of a coin, the president of the united states will get the first answer and the last word will go to mitt romney. here is jim lehrer. >> good evening at the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm j
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am EDT
, 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary, and a year from now, we won't celebrate it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse, the financial system had frozen up. and because of the resilience and the determination of the american people, we've begun to fight our way back. over the last 30 months, we've seen 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry has come roaring back and housing has begun to rise. but we all know that we still have a lot of work to do. and so the question here tonight is not where we've been, but where we're going. governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations, we'll be better off. i have a different view. i think we have to invest in education and training. i think it's important for us to develop new sources of energy here in america. that
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 12:00am EDT
obama was that four years ago, he looked like this rock star whenever he appeared in public, onstage, on the stump, whatever. last night he looked like the guy, just wanted to quit the band. just sort of artistic differences had set in. there was a sort of odd body language, deflation which if i was a supporter, i would really be quite concerned about. >> he likes to go out and campaign and talk about all the things he's going to do. what he doesn't like to do is defend the record of what he's done. and unless he gets comfortable with that, unless he can come up with some better answers and do so in a way that's compelling, mitt romney's going to have a good run here between now and election day and obviously, with early voting starting, in some of the key states, such as ohio, north carolina, i think next week, this time is going to be very, very precious for him. they're not going to have a debate now for i guess what is it, a week or two, and this is going to all be to the advantage of governor romney. >> momentum is a big thing in any political election campaign but as john kerry wil
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm EDT
isn't there. >> four years ago barack obama, i had his back. he very much spoke to me, but now i'm hearing the same rhetoric that i heard four years ago. >> still, there are 400,000 latino votes in play across the state. both sides courting them heavily. >> mr. president, how are you? >> that's president obama speaking to kbno's hernando last may. he hosts a radio show reaching latinos across the state. >> and you find yourself in the middle of presidential politics. tell me about that. >> you know, i think it underlines the importance of the hispanic vote. i think that's what it is. for the president of the united states, the commander in chief to pick up the phone and call me, call my show, talk to my listeners, it shows that. >> as for governor romney, everyone but the candidates themselves so far has been on the show. with a margin of victory here expected to be tiny, both sides want to win over businessmen like sergio eadvantage leasta. >> we met in may. you were undecided then. today? >> still are. i haven't heard from any of the candidates that would make me choose one of th
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
imposed in the years since president bush, for example, took office 2001, 2003, the tax cuts in the obama stimulus plan, all those tax cuts go away. how quickly would that hit people's pocketbooks? >> quickly. withholding schedules would change. so when you got your next paycheck, at the turn of the year, you would see a lower amount because more would be deducted for paying taxes. and as you point out, wolf, it is quite significant. it would be a big hit to the economy relatively quickly. >> how big of a hit to the overall economy would it be? some suggested it could bring us back into recession. is that realistic? >> yes. that's likely. if you add it all up, expiration of the bush era tax cuts, payroll tax holiday, there is a -- so-called -- minimum tax, whole slew of things are going on. if all those things expired and all the taxes increase, amounts to about $500 billion in extra tax payments next year. that's 3% of gdp. and as you know, wolf, we are only growing right now at best 2%. so, you know, you do arithmetic and that says recession. policymakers need to change this. they can't
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 8:00am EDT
on getting the economy going he instead spent his first two years fighting for obama care. >> i think you're going to hear more of mitt romney question the president's priorities and more of the president saying, hey, who was that mitt romney i debated the other night? not the real guy i know. the real highlight this upcoming week will be the vice presidential debate, the only showdown between vice president biden and congressman paul ryan and, of course, that will be moderated -- the next presidential debate, of course, will be moderated by our own candy crowley. >> and the vice presidential debate should be pretty interesting. i mean, biden is usually pretty good going on the attack. >> biden will definitely probably try to be the aggressor here to pick up where the president left off last week in denver, and i think paul ryan is known as a pretty good numbers man, and i think it should be a pretty interesting debate, randi. >> sure will. we'll be watching. paul steinhauser, thank you. >> thank you. >>> overnight three suspected terrorists arrived in new york after being extra
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 3:00am EDT
rate of growth, which it will in a year or so, what's going to happen is nothing happen. tax receipts go up 17%. spending will drop to under 21%. there will still be a substantial deficit, but it will be smaller. president obama's main contribution to this $16 billion debt, which is a trillion dollar debt, a ten-year figure projecting out ten years was the stimulus bill, which is $800 billion, which i believe was a good thing to do. i think that might be bigger without it. it kept people working and paying taxes and off the government payrolls. because it created new jobs. if you look at his annual spending budgets, they are about 2% increase. that's less than the rate of inflation. so, i think that the reason that i believe he'll win re-election is we are beginning to recover. we have a higher rate of job creation since the recession bottomed out in the middle of 2009 than in the previous eight years. and, we are moving in the right direction and the policies he's advocated are going to produce good economic results. if people thought it was like another recession, he would be in tro
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 12:00am EDT
side believe sometimes what they accuse obama of. you cannot take this stuff that seriously. this is a political year. there's a campaign going on. they will try to do everything that they can and the special interest groups and the other groups are there to paint each other in the most horrible way. that's the way politics is. for some reason or the other, negative ads play better than positive ads. so therefore, you will always play the negative ads. but the important thing is as i always say to people, listen to them carefully tomorrow. pay attention. people should sit and be glued to the television set with a notepad and take notes and really listen carefully what each one says and how much they really convince you that they actually not just paint this picture of what america should be like and have all this kind of nice sayings, but who is really believable that they are serious about bringing both parties together and getting the job done. >> i know you haven't decided who you're going to vote for in all this time, but right now, if you had to vote tomorrow, who would you v
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney. his challenge is not so much to make a case against president obama over the last four years. there's no question voters are ambivalent about the performance. he's got to make a case that he can make the next four years better. we have a poll out, national journal poll. are you better off? are you worse off? or about the same as four years ago. among the about the same folks, people who don't say they see any improvement over obama the president is still leading by over 20 points. that is what romney has to change. >> i want to share something "the new york times" says. the romney team has been included the debates are about moments and have equipped him with a dear riis of zingers he has memorized and been practicing on aides since august. we've got some here that we want to share. >> there you go again. i want you to know that also, i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> senator, i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you'
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00pm EDT
million jobs over four years. 250,000 jobs a month. a ridiculous claim and what does the obama campaign do because morning in america sounds better than evening in america, the obama campaign says there's that's a low bar. we can do that, too. >> briefly here, you mentioned the idea of a conspiracy theory. this is the white house trying to mix it up. you don't buy that at all. >> not a little bit. bureau of labor statistics is a geeky, wonky organization. i love their website. they just, they're data geeks. i spoke to the labor secretary again to be reassured that even she doesn't see them until the morning of. sometimes, the president's economic adviser gets them the night before because if it's a really bad number, that person can go to the person and say we need to inform the federal reserve chief, but generally speaking, that is not the case. this is, look, i suppose anything's possible. it could even be a calculation error, but it is remarkable that the minute the numbers turn against conservatives, everybody's up in arms saying the books are cooked. >> ethan, you wrote in
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 8:00pm EDT
president obama to say what he said. that's the way the two sides do it, year in, year out, campaign after campaign. what no one does, at least not until now, is look at the numbers and suggest the fix is in. this morning, though, jack welch did tweeting, quote unbelievable job numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate so change numbers. chicago guys presumably meaning the obama campaign. we will talk to him about that. congressman alan west said this on his facebook page. in regard to today's jobs report, i agree with jack welch. chicago style politics is at work here. conservative commentator laura ingraham said obama's october surprise, thanks, hilda. that's labor secretary hilda solis, who is responsible for the bureau of labor statistics which puts out the job numbers. >> i have the highest regard for our professional staff at the bureau of labor statistics, highly trained, highly skilled ph.d.s, economists, statisticia statisticians, folks that have been working in this area for many years and this is a methodology that's been used for decades and it is insulting whe
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Oct 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
unemployment above 8% before president obama, there were 39 months. in all 60 years with unemployment over 8%, with this president it had been 43 months, under one president aalone. he does not understand what it takes to create a real recovery. i do. >> that's the new take on the numbers going below 8%. is the president still vulnerable then he they frame it that way? >> i have a simple question for governor romney. would those numbers be better or worse if we would have followed your advice and allowed the american automobile industry to tank? remember, he said step away. let them go bankrupt. hundreds of thousands of jobs were created because of president obama's leadership. now here is governor romney saying, i know the way to create jobs. he would have destroyed jobs across the midwest and across america by allowing the automobile industry, major players, gm and chrysler, to go bankrupt. the george w. bush economic policy created this recession. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month when president obama came to office. we have created more than 5 million new private sector jobs. we're m
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Oct 2, 2012 8:00pm EDT
know everything there is to know about president obama and the idea that they feel they can bring a five-year-old video out at this point and make a difference in the election shows two things. first it shows desperation. i think that everybody sort of is in the business of finding secret videos they hope will damn the other candidate. i think it also says they know there's a segment of america that is going to sort of be rejolted and reenergized by the fact that they are reminding them of this association with jeremiah wright. that's problematic in itself because jeremiah wright is a great man for anybody who studies his history and what he's done for this country, both as a veteran and as a civil rights leader but that's beside the point. the point is that this tape, for the most part, is much ado about nothing. but the republican sometimes can be pretty good at making something out of nothing. so it will be interesting to see how people react. >> gloria, what do you make of it? >> i just think that if you are disposed not to like president obama and you think that jeremiah wright
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 9:30am EDT
just 13 bucks an hour or less. you're stuck in the middle of closing arguments of an election year, but the two words that matter most to the middle class, you're hired. and in a moment we will look at whether enough jobs are being added for president obama to keep his job, but i want to start with cnn's chief political correspondent candy crowley. she anchors, of course, "state of the union." candy, tell me why. why is there no middle in washington anymore? >> there is a middle in washington, it's just ever shrinking, and it doesn't get listened to. i could take up your entire hour here as to why this is what it is, but i just want to point out two elections to you. one of them was in 2006 when we had a big wave election. democrats -- sorry, republicans were thrown out of office. which republicans? largely the moderate ones from the northeast. republicans that were in pretty presidentially democratic states. they were thrown out of office, and then we had another wave election in 2010 when people were upset with president obama about health care a number of other things and who go
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Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm EDT
economy going, he instead spent his first three years fighting for obama care. >> by the way, the next moderator is cnn state of the union anchor, candy crowly. >> as paul said, it is the much anticipated vice president debate. our coverage begins at 7:30 eastern time. >>> all right, who wouldn't want to fly like an eagle? when we get back, we'll give and bird's eye view of the world. ♪ atmix of energies.ve the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol - a biofuel made from renewable sugarcane. >>a minute, mom! let's broaden the world's energy mix. let's go. mike rowe here at a ford tell me fiona, who's having a big tire event? your ford dealer. who has 11 major brands to choose from? your ford dealer. who's offering a rebate? your ford dealer. who has the low price tire guarantee... affording peace of mind to anyone who might be in the market for a new set of res? your ford dealer. i'm beginning to sen
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
-- you know, we have four years of experience of barack obama with doubling gas prices and unemployment at sustained highs. you have the experience of that. that's what the american people see. now they're going to get to hear from mitt romney, talk about his vision for the next four years to get the economy growing. they know that they've been buried. the middle class has been buried for the past four years. they know that experience. it doesn't matter how you want to spin it. the past four years, we're not better off. >> only one person who is spinning at this moment, and that would be you. but i appreciate you joining us. barbara comstock, always nice to talk with you. >> okay. thanks, soledad. >> appreciate that. you can watch the debate on cnn or go to cnn.com. other news? john berman has that for us. >>> a pennsylvania judge has temporarily blocked the key component of that identification law. voters will not have to show a state of proof photo i.d. in order to cast a ballot in the presidential election. >>> $165 million, this may sound like a steal. obama administrat
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Oct 1, 2012 9:00am EDT
than that now conflicted between how they feel and what they know. they like president obama. they think he's tried hard. he's done a good job. maybe four years isn't enough per bill clinton. what they know is things have not gotten better for them personally. >> that is exactly right. >> that is exactly what wednesday night will be all about. nicely put. tomorrow on "starting point" we take a look at -- who are we talking to? len berman is going to talk to us. carrie ellis is going to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "the princess bride." "cnn newsroom" with carol costello starts right now. >> stories we're watching now in the "newsroom." presidential debapt barn burner, zinger fest, game changer. the heat is on. >>> secret keeper. serial cheater. no remorse, no regret. arnold schwarzenegger opens up about his secret affairs and that illegitimate child. >> i'm going to put this away. >> how can you put it away? you have a child? >> i know. that's just the way i operate. >> now he says he wants maria back. >>> break out the cloth diapers and gigantic safety pins. a diapers shortag
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Oct 7, 2012 5:00pm EDT
obama campaign of being sore losers on abc this morning. he compared them to 7-year-olds that lost the checkers game and cleared the board off the table. fredricka. >> let's talk about the president's plans. he'll be returning to ohio. he spent a lot of time in that swing state feeling that it's particularly vital, much more vital than other swing states like, say, florida? >> reporter: it really is. i mean, in order to win the white house, you really have to be able to win ohio. this is key for the president. i've said this now for quite some time. if you want to know the states critical it to winning the white house or regaining the white house, look at the president's travel schedule. he's done bus tours in ohio. we were there at the end of last week, and he turns there on tuesday as well. this is a critical state for the president. one of the things he's been able to push there is the auto industry recovery. a lot of jobs there are connected in some way or the other to the auto industry. the unemployment rate much lower there than the national average, and so the president has been
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Oct 6, 2012 12:00am EDT
economy for the year but the economy at the moment as people approach the election. people are beginning to vote. >> the good news for barack obama there. not so good news his performance at the debate. common consensus is a bit of a turkey. >> he blew it. >> why did he blow it? he's such a skillful orator usually. >> it's a paradox. he's a skillful communicator at his best and he was really at his worst. there are various theories. one is that he was coached it would be unpresidential to attack, that it may be a particular problem for a black president, he doesn't want to fall intthis angry black man kind of mental image. but i think he also may have just not been -- not been training adequately and been unused to being targeted that directly. i think when you're president people tend to defer to you. >> michael moore tweeted we don't need to hear any more of obama lost the debate. want to know why and how it happened. he wasn't off his game. something happened. he believes he got some awful bit of news before he walked out, trying to explain why his demeanor was so flat. >> y
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> the two biggest super pacs out there, dedicated to president obama and romney, they're obviously the chief of each of those is about to come on the show. how are they doing specifically? >> in terms of money raised to debt, current year-to-date totals we have, the general ratio shows restore our future, romney associated super pac outspending the super pac associated with president obama. for the month of august, first time liberal super pacs outraised conservative super pacs. the restore our future super pac aired no ads from a period of august 21st to september 19th. they were dark. that's an extraordinary thing and raises a lot of questions. are they saving up their cash, considering they raised so much for an october push or is it an indication that the money hadn't been coming in as much as they expected? fascinating dynamic we'll see play out. this is real time, paying attention to the money in politics. that's the inside of what's going on beneath the spin. >> we'll get more information right now. the man behind that super pac supporting mitt romney, restore our future. an
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am EDT
doesn't mean you necessarily have a bomb but you're capable of doing so. >> it could be years away, the capability could be years from actually acquiring a weapon. >> years or months or it could be weeks. it is a different tlesh hold than what the obama administration has laid out when you look carefully at what the president said at the general assembly, the most recent remarks on iran's nuclear program, he said the united states will not allow iran to have a nuclear bomb. i am paraphrasing to a certain degree. the word capability was not there. you did hear it from the israeli prime minister and today you're hearing it once again from mitt romney. mitt romney has been vague. he has gone back and forth on the issue of capability and sometimes he says it and sometimes he doesn't. today he is very cat goral in saying in a romney administration iran would not be able to have that capability of building a nuclear bomb which is significantly different than the threshold laid out by the president. >> and let's talk about syria which has been somewhat of a thorn in the side of this current si
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Oct 8, 2012 1:00am EDT
get control of the excessive cost of health care by repealing and replacing obama care will real reforms. >> let's get to another presidential election. this one in south america and election day is today. that man has been in power for 13 years now. there's no limit to the number of terms a president can serve there. chavez, himself, made that rule. analyst say if anyone can unseat him, it's the man facing him today. it's after 9:00 p.m. polls were scheduled to close hours ago but they're still open. what's going on? >> reporter: a few are still open. if you are in any polling station anywhere in this country today you would know the lineups were huge, and it could be approaching 80%. for that reason, the electoral commission stayed true to word and continued to have the polls open. we are not sure if it will make a difference, though. we are getting word that they reached 80 to 95% of the votes are counted. >> what has energized voters so much, for people to wait in really long lines? >> reporter: traditionally venezuela has high turnouts, but beyond that, this is one of the cl
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Oct 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
the case president obama has not hit pay dirt just yet. >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month, and the unemployment rate as you noted this year has come down very, very slowly but it's come down nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: still, one of romney's key metrics on the president's handling of the economy went up in smoke when the nation's unemployment rate dipped below 8%. >> 8% unemployment for over how many, 43 months? we still have unemployment above 8%. he told us he would get us back to work and hold unemployment below 8%. unemployment above 8% month after month after month. >> reporter: it's a political bar romney has repeatedly accused the president of failing to clear for months. a threshold the gop nominee repeated in his closing statement at the first presidential debate. >> we had had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i will create -- help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising in
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Oct 2, 2012 2:00am EDT
are subjective. i can't believe i'm saying that -- >> president obama -- promised he would not raise middle class taxes. in his affordable care act, there are a number of tax increases that will impact households making less than $250,000 per year. you can parse that and say, it's note a tax increase the way i talked, that's something else. the thing is, one thing or another, is it a tax increase or not? it certainly is through the tax system. it is impacting some middle class households. did you lie? he's going to say, no, i did not lie. >> and that's fine, if you say something, you call him out on it. here's the deal, romney is not going to try to bring it up in the debate. nor will president obama. the moment you do, have you opened the door for your opponent. >> you have to look in the mirror, it's an ugly picture. >> the responsibility is going to rest on the debate mod rater who is not going to do it. >> what people are saying is, can i get somebody to tell me the truth? i will say this here. you can parse words all you want to. there are some things called undeniable truth. no
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Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm EDT
the saga continues. today, sesame workshop, which sponsors big bird, is asking the obama campaign to take down that ad. >>> america's senior citizens won't see much of an increase in their social security benefits next year. that's the news from the government federal -- from the federal government, rather, which announced today that social security recipients will likely get less than a 2% bump to account for cost of living increases. that's less than half the increase in benefits they received this year. >>> hi there. here on the help desk we're helping you pay off your student loans and with me this hour are liz miller and greg mcbride. greg, here is a question for you. >> what's the fastest way to pay off my student loans? >> first of all, should she be in such a hurry to pay off her loans? >> look at the private student loans first and focus on getting those paid down. not only do they tend to have higher and variable interest rates, but lack the flexibility of things like forbearance that lets you suspend payments if you have a period of financial difficulty, federal student lo
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
is looming at the end of the year. and here is one excerpt from the speech that we'll be hearing from mitt romney later on this morning. it goes after a chief theme of president obama. not only over his presidency but over his first campaign. here it is. it says, quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. soledad, yesterday some of his senior foreign policy advisers had a conference call with reporters. they were sort of laying out some presidencies of past that they think mitt romney might share some of these principles with. and the presidencies that they mentioned were president john f. kennedy, harry truman and even bill clinton. they also threw ronald reagan in th
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
sides. and why a fiery speech by president obama is setting off media fireworks five years later. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're counting down to the crucial first debate between barack obama and mitt romney. our live coverage begins in two hours. much more on that just ahead. but right now there's breaking news we're following. the united states is closely watching the latest developments in the middle east where the nato ally, turkey, has fired on targets inside syria after the deadly shelling of a turkish border town. cnn senior international correspondent ivan watson is joining us on the phone now from istanbul. it's not every day, ivan, that a nato ally, in this particular case turkey, is drawn into potentially another war with a neighbor, syria, what happened? >> reporter: well, in the afternoon on wednesday mortars crashed into a turkish border town. we've talked to eyewitnesses there, local officials. they say a mother, her three children and a female neighbor were killed by
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Oct 4, 2012 2:00am EDT
50 years, which is what president obama said, but growth still slow, the verdict, this appears to be true, but we'll follow up with the kaiser family foundation on the 50-year claim. >> what else surprised you tonight? >> i think the president just didn't seem like he wanted to debate romney. again, never mentioned 47%, meaning mitt romney's critical, awful, remarks about obama supporters, never mentioned bain capital. he never said that i'm the guy that can create jobs and said that massachusetts was 47th of 50 states. >> you think he wanted to look presidential? wanted to let the campaign do it? >> if he did, said i'm ahead, i want to stay above the fray, that's a strategic mistake. >> van. >> when they say he wants to have a conversation with the american people, i think he thought he was going to go and have a conversation with the american people. i think i took romney too lightly, he didn't expect romney to be able to throw that kichb heat. and he was able to out obama obama on the connection piece, authenticity piece, on the ability to tell the story. and i think they had the
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Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
four years. that's not an excuse as james said earlier. the obama campaign says that mitt romney doesn't care about your job or your community. we didn't hear anything like that from the president. romney at least held his own on the big questions of the economy and role of government. if you are the challenger and hold your own, you walk off the stage happy. >> critics of the president say he's two proffesorial. i think they'll say that tonight. >> and more. we have a horse race. mitt romney's performance was head and shoulders than anything we've seen before. >> you think this was his best debate? >> he drove this debate far more than anyone else imagined. mitt romney seized upon the opportunity and set the standard for it i think the president -- i didn't think he was rusty, as i don't think anybody has ever spoken to him like that over the last four years, and i think he found it not only surprising, but offensive. looked like he was angry at time. i think overall, you have to say -- to my surprise, i had not expected this. i think mitt romney won the debate. >> you thought t
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: the president made his points in a slower, laid back manner, often appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top down economics where folks at the top are doing well so the average person making $3 million is getting a $250,000 tax break while middle class families are burdened further -- >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan sin accurate. if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i'd say absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from the candidates, except obama's was directed at the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make before -- >> your two minutes is up. >> i think i had five seconds before you interrupted me, was -- >>
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Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm EDT
obama campaign. >> reporter: jonathan cologne registered. >> i'm looking in the future ten years down the line, whatever they can do to make their four years count is what i really want. >> reporter: with so much at stake in florida, there can be a darker side to voter registration. palm beach county supervisor of elections susan booker discovered discrepancies, signatures that looked the same, addresses that didn't appear right on more than 100 voter registration forms. >> we just haven't ever experienced this kind of issue with the registration forms and so that's got us a little disconcerted. >> reporter: the company at the center of what is a state wide investigation, strategic allied consulting, hired by the republican party to register voters, was fired. strategic insists the problem was with one individual and that it maintains rigorous quality control measures. back in ft. lauderdale, not a good day for jessina and karen, only a handful of new registers. that hurts, they say. you see, neither one is a u.s. citizen, both are part of the group called dreamers, whose parents brou
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
we can find. this is what the country looked like in 2009. barack obama's first full year in office. every state that looks brown out here is a state where they were losing jobs at the time. some of them very bad. look at ohio over here. 10.6% unemployment. gradually over the next few years jobs come in education and health care and business services and retail. every state that is lighter in color where they are no longer losing jobs or, in some cases, gaining jobs. ohio, 7.2% unemployment now. that is better than the national average. the bureau of labor statistics says to make that happen, we, indeed, had to create a lot of jobs. how many? by their count? 4.4 million so far. but here is what is not mentioned much. 4.3 million were lost during the bad days. so the net gain is only about 125,000 and that falls short of the president's claim that he created 5 million jobs. it's just a little bit too much of a stretch. we have to call that claim false. even though many democrats will say in a heartbeat, look. he inherited a bad economy from george bush. many voters agree with that. n
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm EDT
years of the obama economy. it's not working. the stimulus failed. the health care is -- bill is now increasing our premiums. you just have a report that i believe you all and others have reported on today that shows that 27 million americans will still be uninsured even with the trillions and trillions of dollars of costs in obama care. plus, more people will be out of work because of the small business tax increases from obama care, so what mitt romney is going to talk about is appeal to how we can do so much better. we need to invest in small businesses in latinos and women and, you know, people who are coming to this country often are starting small businesses, and that's -- we can't be putting new taxes on those small businesses, and we need to have new health care. >> is he going to get -- >> will also help -- >> i'm sorry. is he going to be more specific on what type of loopholes he is talking about, exemptions, to offset these tax cuts that he is proposed to grow the economy. is he going to provide more specifics? >>. >> when president romney works on the economy and heal
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Oct 7, 2012 3:00am EDT
obama needs two terms to prove what he can do. >> i think about that. four years is probably never enough for anybody to do very much as president. if you come in, the first thing you do is get a whole new staff, you start to bring in policies. then just at the moment they're coming to fruition, you're in or out. eight years seem to me unless the president incumbent is so useless he has to go, really you need that length of time. >> i agree. and like we were saying backstage, if it wasn't for the 22nd amendment is it that bill clinton would be president again because he obviously knows what he's talking about and people feel confident with him. but i do believe in barack obama. i do believe his message. i haven't lost faith in him. and i think that, you know -- it's not an easy thing to do. nobody knows what the hell they're getting into when they're running for president. you don't know what job you're getting into hosting a show like this. we're not having a huge impact. i mean, you are, i guess. >> you have a huge impact. >> i have a huge impact with young girls, young women. th
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: the president made his points in a slower, more laid-back manner, often looking down, sometimes appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics, where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making 3 million bucks is getting a $250,000 tax break, while middle class families are burdened further. >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. go ahead. >> so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say, absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months, he's been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed a the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make, before -- >> two minute
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
this year when the economy was growing, producing 200,000 jobs a year, it looked like the economy might be enough to lift obama to a safe level, then the big spring slow down, and now i think we're getting numbs, whether it's growth or jobs that are really neither, that point you again to a close race. it's been a modest up tick in economic optimism. but i think these kind of numbers reinforce the sense we have in the race itself that you don't have a decisive wind blowing in either direction at this point. >> voters are already beginning to feel a little more optimistic. we see that in the polls. this will add to a sense of optimism and that's good for the president. >> i think a little more but not vastly more. it's not a strong tail wind but it's better than a head wind. >> let me play a couple of clips. i want to discuss what he's saying. listen to this. >> what's happened is this has been the slowest recovery since the great depression. as a matter of fact, he said right now we would be at 5.4% unemployment. instead, we're at 8.1%. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemplo
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Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
candidate barack obama and now president obama did in the democrat primary four years ago as well as mitt romney had debates four years ago and also in this most recent primary. president obama does have the advantage of having done the one on one with john mccain four years ago. he went one on one with mccain. he did very well. most would say he beat john mccain. so i think -- i think the onerous is on president obama. >> the director of debates at southern illinois university wrote an op-ed for cnn and said both have strengths and weaknesses and this will be one of the most important presidential debates we've seen in history. here's how he outlines it. when you talk about romney's strength he says he's smooth, knowledge able, excellent first lines and tends to pivot. he says president obama, his strengths, he can be detached, he has an ability to focus and crystallize that's very strong on his reasoning. donna, do you see either one of these as being accurate here? do you think that there's some sort of opportunity, if you will for the president to attack on romney's strengths or
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